Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam

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Lamar Boren, ASC, a director of photography best known for his undersea work, died January 15 following a heart attack. He had retired from moviemaking three years ago because of failing eyesight and lived in a home he built himself atop a sheer cliff overlooking the sea at La JoIIa, California. He was 68 and had been married and divorced three times. Survivors include a daughter, Vanessa, and sons Gary and Bruce.

Boren, who stood a husky six-foot-two and was of Swedish descent, was born in Provo, Utah. He grew up in Riverside and San Diego, where he studied to be an electrical engineer. After a stint with San Diego Gas & Electric, he opened a photo studio and camera store in San Diego. He also did aerial still photography and ran a diving business. His first diving equipment was made from an old water heater, a garden hose and a tire pump. In the early 1950s he began doing underwater cinematography for Howard Hughes at RKO-Radio, his first important assignment being Underwater (1955). He also made a specialty of shooting aerial sequences. Later, he was director of photography of main units of theatrical films and TV productions as well.

Boren wrote the pilot feature which became the first four episodes of The Sea Hunt, a long-running TV series which he photographed both above and under the surface at Nassau. He also shot the Flipper series (he called the intelligent porpoise star "a wonderful human") as well as a Flipper feature, and episodes of Then Came Bronson, The Hockford Files, Daktari, Nichols, Vegas, Code Red and other TV shows. …

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